The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Splendid novel by Vance is both a mystery story and an introduction to an unforgettable world. Iszm, a planet in the Xi Aurigae system, offers amazing houses that consist of living trees with attached pods for living space. The Iszic guard constantly against the possibility that an offworlder would steal a female plant - one that could provide millions of tree-seeds, breaking their monopoly. Very accessible example of Jack Vance, one of sf's great stylists, in perfect form. Select an invention:

Boat-Tree

Cephaloscope

Feeler-Planes - sensors for 3D models

Finger Jet Bath

House Trees - ultimate tree houses

One-Man Car

One-Way Passage

Pod-Chair

Polarized Window

Public Vehicle Tube

Radiant - just like RFID

Radiant Shield

Sentry Trees

Shatter-Gun

Thought Pattern Divination

Tri-Type Record - 3D reduced to two

 

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